Where Grace epitomizes the closest thing to a free spirit in the Puritan world, her older sister Alice strives to be the dutiful daughter and supportive wife women are expected to be.
Alice, at this point in time, is less dimensional than Grace; a sign I'm not finished developing her yet. Content to grow up and be a proper housewife, she never complains about the drudgery of her mundane existence. She lacks Grace's independent spirit and unlike Grace, she's a poor markswoman when it comes to firing muskets.
At sixteen, her beauty attracts the unsolicited attentions of men, and when Absalom Hart rescues her from a soldier's unwanted advances, she is immediately smitten. To her delight, she discovers Absalom is also attracted to her.
Unfortunately for my ancestor Ebenezer Varney, he has feelings for Alice, but she doesn't reciprocate. Alice is not perfect and doesn't want to hurt the gentle Quaker's feelings, but she does find his adoration a little irritating and when skinny Eb is next to tall, hunky Absalom, Alice barely notices him.
If you read Letters to Kezia, you know Alice's fate.
She's a semi-main character, since she's 1/2 of one of the love stories. For this reason, her development is part of the reason for the slow process of the story. Her point of view isn't used nearly as often as Grace's, who definitely is the main character. So that calls for a few more scenes to be written! It's a good thing I'm enjoying this process so much or I'd get awfully frustrated!
I hope the reader likes Alice and feels her all-encompassing love for Absalom. After 11 years of childless marriage, she is finally pregnant with their first child. Life is enfolding for Alice as she's always hoped.
Until the events of June 27-28 changes everything.
Next installment; Spotlight on Menane/Wôbi Skog Wsizokw